Vegas Seven

Hayley Sparre

  • Fitness

    Flex Time?

    By Hayley Sparre

    For those of you who hate working on your flexibility—which is almost everybody, despite its importance to well-being—there’s a new way to get there that’s not excruciatingly boring. It might even be fun. That’s because the masters of flexibility and fun, Cirque du Soleil, have teamed with Reebok to come up with Jukari Fit to Flex, and Las Vegans at 24 Hour Fitness gyms are among the first to try it.

  • Mr. Results

    By Hayley Sparre

    Paul Rosenberg figured out that image was important around the time most kids do. “When I was 15 years old I was very skinny,” he recalls. “And I thought if I put on some muscles that would help me with women.” But Rosenberg proved to be a little more persistent than your average teenage boy, and the results showed up not just in the shape of his physique but that of his future. “I just started reading up all that I could about [fitness],” he says. “And I started helping out some of my friends. Then I’d call trainers and just kind of quiz them for fun.”

  • Profile

    Luciano Pellegrini

    By Hayley Sparre

    Luciano Pellegrini, executive chef of Valentino at the Venetian, came to the United States in 1985 from his native Italy to work for accomplished restaurateur Piero Selvaggio. A winner of a James Beard Award, he has been at Selvaggio’s Valentino in Las Vegas since 1999.

  • Profile

    Doug Taylor

    By Hayley Sparre

    Doug Taylor helped launch the Molto Vegas Farmers Market to show that good quality fruits and vegetables can be grown in our desert. As executive pastry chef at Vegas’ Mario Batali restaurants—Carnevino, B&B and Otto—Taylor also proves this theory in his kitchens by producing a variety of delicious desserts. Still, he says prosperity is not the first thing that comes to mind when people think of the desert.

  • Akira Back

    By Hayley Sparre

    Long before Akira Back became executive chef at Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant and Lounge, his home was in Aspen, Colo., where he was a professional snowboarder as a teenager and had blue hair. After a snowboarding injury, he said he had two career choices: follow in his father’s footsteps and take over his business, or do something else.

  • Elements of Success

    By Hayley Sparre

    Catherine and her husband of 30 years, Jose Luis Pawelek, recently celebrated the first anniversary of their restaurant, Elements Kitchen & Martini Bar, 4950 S. Rainbow Blvd. An even better sign that the pair has made their concept work in Las Vegas is that they received more than a hundred congratulatory cards from loyal customers.